Dental trauma is rarely an expected occurrence. In such cases where permanent teeth are involved, an avulsed tooth is one of the few real emergency situations in dentistry. This is a situation where the tooth is completely displaced from its socket. In these cases, emergency treatment is necessary to replant the tooth as soon as possible. The sooner the replantation, the better chance the tooth has of survival.
In cases where the avulsed tooth has been out of its socket for an hour or less, the procedure has a better chance of working if the tooth has been properly transported to the dental office. This implies that the root of the avulsed tooth will continue to form an apex and the tooth will continue to erupt normally after the replantation procedure. Dr. Daniel Cullum is on staff at Kootenai Medical Center and provides emergency room coverage for injuries such as these. For more information, contact his Sandpoint office for details.